MYP 4: Early American History
In this course, students explore the development of the United States of America, both in its own process of creating order and structure as a nation and people and in its interactions with the rest of the world. An International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) course, Early American History uses a thematic approach in exploring history, allowing for substantial connections to be made between historical events and the world today. Paired with the chronological development of the United States, students also explore the following themes: the relationship between people and the land; American ideologies and the tension between the rights of the individual and the well-being of the whole; the development of understandings of class, race, and gender; and the impact of economic change on society.
In this class, we approach the study of history by emphasizing transferable skills that will be of use in other areas of academics and beyond. Throughout the course, students are asked to deeply engage in their own education as inquirers and problem-solvers, and reflect upon their process and growth throughout the year.